Give Miami Day 2021 is Coming

Give Miami Day – Early Giving begins Monday 11/15!

We can already feel the buzz and excitement with just a few days left until the start of this year’s Give Miami Day Early Giving period, set to begin this Sunday night at midnight! This year’s Early Giving period will take place during the three days leading up to Give Miami Day, from November 15 at 12 a.m. through November 17 at 11:59 p.m. until the start of Give Miami Day on November 18 at 12 a.m.

View Our #GiveMiamiDay page and donate at: https://www.givemiamiday.org/thecatnetwork

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When the pandemic hit South Florida in March 2020, many clinics, humane societies, shelters and rescues shut down which allowed the community cat population to explode. Without trap/neuter/return surgeries being performed, many litters of kittens were being born.

The Miami Meow Mobile- the mobile surgical clinic run by The Cat Network, was unable to be used because of its small operating space that would not allow safe social distancing. The Meow Mobile team of veterinary technicians and lead veterinarian came up with a plan to safely perform surgeries while still maintaining COVID 19 safety protocols.

The Meow Mobile is housed in a large warehouse space – the team designed a clinic that would use the van only for surgeries and recovery, while using the rest of the warehouse space to set up prep stations. Feline patient check-in and check-out would be done outside in the parking lot with guidelines and signage to keep clients 6 or more feet apart while humans would be required to wear masks according to COVID 19 requirements.

Since May 17, 2020 when the Meow Mobile began doing spay/neuter surgeries again, 3000 cats and kittens have been sterilized and vaccinated through the beginning of July 2021. The Cat Network has received several grants specifically covering surgeries during the COVID 19 pandemic thus enabling Miami Dade county residents to safely get the community cats sterilized.

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Low Cost Spay/Neuter Schedule for August 2021

Below please find the August 2021 Spay/Neuter and Wellness Days
schedule of events:

Sunday, August 8 – THE CAT NETWORK • 12125 SW 114 Place, Miami, 33176 EVENT FULL- PLEASE REQUEST ANOTHER SPAY DAY

Thursday, August 12 – THE CAT NETWORK • 12125 SW 114 Place, Miami, 33176

Saturday, August 14 – WELLNESS DAY – A non-surgical day for vaccines
(no rabies), testing and nail trim (no micro-chip).

Sunday, August 15 – THE CAT NETWORK • 12125 SW 114 Place, Miami, 33176

Thursday, August 19 – THE CAT NETWORK • 12125 SW 114 Place, Miami, 33176

Saturday, August 21 – WELLNESS DAY – A non-surgical day for vaccines
(no rabies), testing and nail trim (no micro-chip).

Sunday, August 22 – THE CAT NETWORK • 12125 SW 114 Place, Miami, 33176

Thursday, August 26 – THE CAT NETWORK • 12125 SW 114 Place, Miami, 33176

Saturday, August 28 – WELLNESS DAY – A non-surgical day for vaccines
(no rabies), testing and nail trim (no micro-chip).

Sunday, August 29 – THE CAT NETWORK • 12125 SW 114 Place, Miami, 33176

If you have an emergency, and need an appointment for a TNR trapped
cat, please email me and I will try my best to fit you in.

Also, please keep the following options in mind:

  • You can purchase and use Cat Network certificates and go to one of
    our participating vets.
  • Please call up one of the participating vets with the vet
    foundation to get an appointment (Bravo, Old Cutler, The Falls) . For
    those of you who live South, you may want to reach out to Dr. Baquero
    at The Falls Animal Clinic.
  • You can go to Miami-Dade Animal Services/Doral or to Miami-Dade
    Animal Services clinic in Homestead for free spay/neutering.

Check in for all of the above-mentioned spay days events begin at 8:00
a.m. All feral cats must be brought in traps to be spayed or
neutered. Events are subject to change due to circumstances beyond
our control. Appointments are also required for all services such as
vaccine, nail trim, and microchip. Please note: KITTENS MUST BE
EIGHT WEEKS OR OLDER TO BE TESTED.

We reserve the right to refuse service for cats that are deemed
unhealthy or unfit for surgery for any reason.

The Cat Network’s mission to compassionately address community cats
extends also to its community of pet owners and volunteers.
Therefore, please read the COVID19 instructions for check in and check
out procedures which will be sent to you once you request a confirmed
reservation.

Keep in mind that you can check with our participating vets and use
our certificates to spay/neuter. Please check our web page to see a
list of participating vets who accept our certificates.

Thank you for all that you do for the stray and homeless cats in our community,
The Cat Network
Miami Meow Mobile Team

Meow Mobile Price Change

As of August 1, 2021, the price to spay/neuter a pet cat under the present ALEXANDER FAMILY FOUNDATION GRANT will be $40.00 for Cat Network members and non-members. This grant includes the rabies vaccine and the FVRCP vaccine.

Prices have gone up on many of the supplies we use to give the best possible care your beloved cats. We do not want to lower our standards, so we must raise our prices.

When the grant ends (don’t know exactly when…), we will return to the normal price of $65 for pet (no vaccines included) and $95 for the pet package (vaccines, ear cleaning, nail trim included)

It is still a GREAT deal!

Thank you for your understanding,

The Miami Meow Mobile Team  

5 Ways to Fundraise for Felines

When it comes to advocating for cats at The Cat Network, we think the more creative, the better! We’ve listed five pet-friendly ways to raise money for the felines we care for. 

  1. Pet Photo Day: Become a photographer for the day, and set up a “studio” at your location of choice! Bring in some props for the photos–yarn, toys (the options are endless!) and charge per photo. Charge for photos, but consider offering printed merchandise as well! Who wouldn’t want a t-shirt or coffee mug with their cat’s face on it?
  2. Pet Bake Sale: Not only do we love sweet treats, but our feline friends do too! Research online homemade cat treats and bake away! Host a local “pet bakery” and donate the proceeds.
  3. Pet Walkathon: Walkathons have become an extremely popular fundraiser style for charitable organizations. Make yours animal-friendly by encouraging people to bring their leashed cats (dogs too!) along for the fun. Set up water stations along the way to keep our four-legged companions hydrated.
  4. Pet Friendly Dinner Party: Organize a dinner party– and invite your pets! Sell tickets to the event for guests and their pets, utilizing ticket funds for donations. Set up a kitty-approved menu of courses that your guests and pets will love, even the after-dinner treat!
  5. Pet Yoga: With the rising popularity in goat yoga, why not get our cats involved? Find a yoga instructor in your area to host the event, and sell tickets. Your attendees will be ecstatic to “Namaste” with their furry friend!

Ready to host your own fundraiser for The Cat Network? Create your event through this online nonprofit registration tool– it’s a great way to plan your event, grow awareness and manage donations!

Why Foster a Cat?

Why Foster a Cat“Fostering a cat is not a lifetime commitment, it is a commitment to saving a life.”

This is the watchword of cat rescues everywhere.

To foster a cat is, quite simply, to save that cat’s life. A foster home provides this same cat with a safe, temporary place of refuge until he/she is ultimately placed in a permanent, adoptive home.

Most rescues rely solely on a network of dedicated, volunteer foster homes, and could not survive without them. And rescues NEVER have enough foster homes.
Why? Because there are more cats in need than there are foster homes available to meet that need.

There are many benefits to fostering, many pleasant surprises and many unexpected rewards. Foster parents, past and present, describe it as one of the most memorable and gratifying experiences of their lives.

Fostering is both a way of enriching the lives of the cats and people involved, and a constructive way for people to give back to their communities. Fostered cats can provide endless hours of entertainment and love for their humans, and provide invaluable life lessons for adults and children alike.

By taking a deserving cat into their home, fosters increase that cat’s chances of being adopted. Foster families have the time and the ability to transform their foster cat — through one-on-one contact, exercise, feeding and training — into a happy and well mannered companion pet any person or family would be proud to call their own.

Fostering provides a needy cat with a stable environment, coupled with love, attention and affection. While the foster family provides the food, the rescue usually provides everything else, including payment of all medical costs to ensure the cat’s ongoing health and wellbeing.

Fosters are the essential eyes and ears of rescue. By spending every day with their foster cat, fosters will learn all they can about his/her particular personality. They will be able to identify any behavioral issues that need to be addressed, then work on addressing them.

If fosters already have a cat – either their own or another foster — in residence, all the better. The more animals their foster cat meets, the more socialized he/she will become, the more easily he/she will handle stress, and the more relaxed he/she will be around strangers.

For those who have never owned a cat, fostering provides them with the unique opportunity of seeing whether they themselves are suited for permanent “pet parenthood.”

But fostering a cat is NOT a form of trial adoption for that particular cat. There is even a term for it: foster failure. The most successful fosters are those who, despite being emotionally invested, know that they are essentially a stepping stone towards their foster cat’s future. And that as one successfully fostered cat leaves their home, another needy and deserving cat is waiting to enter it.

Ultimately, then, fostering a cat saves not just one life, but two.

Article written by Nomi Berger. Nomi is the best selling author of seven novels, one work of non-fiction, two volumes of poetry and hundreds of articles. She lives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada with her adopted Maltese, Mini, and now devotes all of her time volunteering her writing skills to animal rescue organizations throughout Canada and the USA.

#pets #cats #kittens #foster #animalcaretaker

A Cat-Proofed Home is a Cat-Safe Home

Cat Proofed HomeA cat-proofed home is a cat-safe home whether your new pet is a newborn kitten or a fully- grown cat. Before that first front paw crosses your threshold for the first time, your home must be a health zone, not a hazard zone. Be especially attentive to the sensibilities of former “outside” cats, who may never have walked on wooden floors, carpets or tiles, or been exposed to so many unfamiliar sights before.

Begin the process of cat-proofing by walking through your home, room by room, searching for things a kitten or cat might climb, knock over or pull down, and either secure, remove or store them. Keep all trashcans behind closed and latched doors and wastebaskets (covered if possible) out of sight. Ensure that all heating/air vents have covers. Snap specially designed plastic caps over electrical outlets. Tie electrical cords together and tuck them out of reach.

Install childproof latches to keep inquisitive paws from prying open cabinet doors in kitchens and bathrooms, and ALWAYS keep toilet lids down. In bedrooms, keep all medications, lotions and cosmetics off accessible surfaces such as bedside tables. Store collections – from buttons and coins to marbles and potpourri – on high shelves, and keep breakables on low surfaces to a minimum.

Most chemicals are hazardous to kittens and cats and should be replaced if possible with non-toxic products. A partial list includes: antifreeze, bleach, drain cleaner, household cleaners and detergents, glue, nail polish and polish remover, paint, varnish and sealants, pesticides and rat poison.

Many indoor plants, however pretty, can prove poisonous to kittens and cats that are, by nature, explorers, climbers and lickers. A partial list of these plants includes: amaryllis, azaleas and rhododendrons, chrysanthemum, cyclamen, kalanchoe, lilies, oleander, peace lily, pothos, Sago palm, tulip and narcissus bulbs, and yew.

Seemingly harmless “people” food can often be lethal for kittens and cats. These include alcoholic beverages, bones from fish or poultry, canned “people” tuna, chocolate, grapes and raisins, liver (in large amounts), macadamia nuts, milk, mushrooms, onions and garlic, potato, rhubarb and tomato leaves and stems, raw eggs and fish, and yeast dough.

Although prevention is the key to your new pet’s wellbeing, accidents can and do happen. The truly protective pet parents are prepared pet parents and know to keep a list of vital numbers handy:

  • Veterinarian
  • 24-hour veterinary emergency clinic
  • ASPCA Poison Control: 888-426-4435
  • Pet Poison Help Line: 800-213-6680

Hopefully, these are numbers you’ll never use. And as long as you remain vigilant, both you and your new, best furry friend can rest, assured.

Article written by Nomi Berger. Nomi is the best selling author of seven novels, one work of non-fiction, two volumes of poetry and hundreds of articles. She lives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada with her adopted Maltese, Mini, and now devotes all of her time volunteering her writing skills to animal rescue organizations throughout Canada and the USA.

#cats #kittens #catsafety #poisoncontrol #veterinaryemergency

GIVE MIAMI DAY for the Cats is November 16 to 19, 2020

Be a part of something big for the cats from Monday, November 16 to Thursday, November 19th! Support The Cat Network on GiveMiami Day 2020. Donations will be maximized by a percentage match!

What is Give Miami Day?

Give Miami Day is a unique, online giving event where individuals can make a charitable gift to a local nonprofit. Every donation between $25 and $10,000 will be eligible for a bonus match from The Miami Foundation. For gifts greater than $10,000, the first $10,000 will be considered for a bonus match.

Why support The Cat Network?

When the pandemic hit South Florida in March 2020, many clinics, humane societies, shelters and rescues shut down which allowed the community cat population to explode. Without trap/neuter/return surgeries being performed, many litters of kittens were being born. The Miami Meow Mobile, the mobile surgical clinic run by The Cat Network, was unable to be used because of its small operating space that would not allow safe social distancing.

The Meow Mobile team of veterinary technicians and lead veterinarian came up with a plan to safely perform surgeries while still maintaining COVID 19 safety protocols. The Meow Mobile is housed in a large warehouse space so the team designed a clinic that would use the van only for surgeries and recovery, while using the rest of the warehouse space to set up prep stations. Feline patient check-in and check-out would be done outside in the parking lot with guidelines and signage to keep clients 6 or more feet apart while humans would be required to wear masks according to COVID 19 requirements. On May 17 the Meow Mobile resumed spay/neuter surgeries and through the end of July, 556 cats and kittens have been sterilized and vaccinated.

Now, we need your help to continue our work. We have set a Give Miami Day fundraising goal of $20,000 which will help us sterilize almost 350 cats.

This yeah Give Miami Day is a four day event. Early Giving will take place from November 16 at 12 a.m. through November 18 at 11:59 p.m., until the start of Give Miami Day on November 19.

Please help us help the cats. We are asking for your support on this endeavor. You can make the donation below or direct on the Give Miami Day web site starting 12:01 AM EST on Monday, November 16, 2020.

Thank you from the bottom of our paws.

Special Pricing Available on the Meow Mobile

Wonderful news.. We have been the beneficiary of donations from some of our donors which will afford us the opportunity to be able to fund surgeries on the Meow Mobile at a discounted price.

SPECIAL PRICING ONLY AVAILABLE ON MEOW MOBILE and only while funds are available.

Make sure to get your reservations in early as spaces fill up quickly…

Click here for more information about the Meow Mobile, view the schedule and make your reservation.

PETITION: Prosecute Cheryn Smilen for Starving to Death 27 Cats

Cheryn Rochelle Smilen, of Smilen Cats, was arrested on February 16, 2018 for starving 18 cats to death. However, due to her cruelty the death toll has now unfortunately risen to 27. She abandoned the cats in an efficiency apartment, neglecting them inside small cages and depriving them of food and water for weeks. Out of sheer desperation the few surviving cats managed to stay alive by feeding off the corpses of the dead ones. The neighbors who resided in the vicinity smelled the odor of decomposition emanating from the efficiency and finally contacted the police. Three of the cats that were removed from this house of horrors were unfortunately euthanized due to their irreversible condition. Cheryn was arrested and charged with 18 counts of felony animal cruelty, but 3 days later was freed on $18,000 bond. Her first hearing date is scheduled for March 19, 2018. Her Miami Dade Court Case number is: F-18-003300

In the event that you believe that justice must be sought for these poor animals, we encourage you to please sign this petition. The petition will be sent to the State Attorney of Miami-Dade County, Katherine Fernandez Rundle, asking her to prosecute Cheryn Smilen to the fullest extent of the law for this atrocity.

Click here to sign petition

Why Spay and Neuter Your Cat

Photo Courtesy Alley Cat Allies

Photo Courtesy Alley Cat Allies

The problem of cat overpopulation is a global one and requires a solution on a global scale. But like every journey that begins with a single step, this particular journey must begin with every cat owner in every community, town and city in the country. Those conscientious owners who act responsibly by spaying and neutering their cherished family pets.

Spaying (ovariohysterectomy) is the surgical removal of a female cat’s ovaries and uterus, while neutering (castration) is the removal of a male cat’s testicles. To minimize discomfort and pain, both procedures are performed under general anesthesia. Most cats are back to their “normal” selves within a few days, the surgery site usually heals within two weeks, and any skin stitches removed by your vet at a follow up appointment.

Did you know that in seven years, an unspayed female and unneutered male cat (and their offspring, if none are spayed or neutered) can result in the births of a staggering 781,250 kittens?

And the inevitable outcome? Hundreds of thousands of cats being euthanized each year through no fault of their own. Why? Because they are the tragic, but avoidable, results of over breeding and overpopulation. Why? Because there are too few shelters to house them and too few homes to either foster or adopt them. Why? Because there are still too many cat owners unwilling to spay and neuter their family pets.

Both intact male and female cats may try to escape their homes in order to roam outside. Neutering your male will eliminate roaming, urine spraying, and fighting with neighborhood cats. Spaying your female will eliminate the estrus or “heat” behavior of yowling that attracts and invites mounting by roaming males.

Despite some owners’ fears, spaying and neutering will not alter their cat’s basic personality – except many males will be less aggressive and more docile. Their playfulness, general activity levels, excitement, and vocalization will remain the same. Although neutered males and spayed females may gain weight due to decreased roaming and other sexual behavior outdoors, keeping them active indoors and managing their weight through diet will keep this potential problem under control.

Spaying and neutering cats before the age of six months is growing in popularity and the benefits to their health and well being are well documented. Spayed females are less likely to develop breast cancer and won’t be at risk for either ovarian or uterine cancer. Neutered males won’t develop testicular cancer, and without the need to roam, their risk of being injured or infected by other cats is drastically reduced. And males neutered prior to puberty (six months) won’t develop the large head and thick skin of intact males. Early spaying and neutering may also prevent problem behaviors before they occur and may either eliminate or reduce certain behaviors in older cats.

Imagine if every conscientious cat owner in every community, town and city in the country took responsibility for spaying and neutering their family pets. Imagine what we, as part of the global community, could accomplish then.

The Cat Network offers low cost spay neuter services for both community cats and pets. Click here for more information.

Article written by Nomi Berger. Nomi is the best selling author of seven novels, one work of non-fiction, two volumes of poetry and hundreds of articles. She lives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada with her adopted Maltese, Mini, and now devotes all of her time volunteering her writing skills to animal rescue organizations throughout Canada and the USA.

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